About PlastiCon

The GCC plastics conversion industry is reaching a fork in the road ahead. The question is, where will paths lead for growth and sustainability?

The 2017 conference explores key international industry trends with a focus on where sustainable growth can be created and harnessed within the GCC polymer value chain. CEO’s from some of the region’s largest companies will set the tone for discussion followed by industry experts who will present their ideas about opportunities for future leverage.

The GCC is set to commission three global scale elastomer plants which brings the focus of discussion of the conference to two major topics. The conference will discuss the impact that this market supply push will have for the regions thermoplastic processors and the opportunities that lay ahead for investment within the industry landscape. In addition, it will provide in-depth insight into the future sustainability plans and targets of the GCC plastics conversion industry and the steps that need to be taken to achieve these goals.

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A platform to discuss the dynamism of the plastics industry.

Mohammed Azzaz
Director Value Parks Department. Sadara

The conference provides added value with a combination of technical and high level speakers.

Yavuz Eroglu
President, PAGEV


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A few of our 2017 speakers

Dr. Mohammad Al Mulla

Dr. Mohammad Al Mulla

Managing Director and CEO, QAP... and Chairman Plastics Committe...

Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al-Mulla is the Managing Director and CEO of QAPCO, a pioneer in petrochemical production in the Middle East established in 1974. ...

Mohammad Husain

Mohammad Husain

President and CEO, EQUATE

Mohammad Husain has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of EQUATE Petrochemical Company since April 2012. Prior to joining EQUATE, he was h...

David Lines

David Lines

Principal – Energy and Chemi... Nexant

David Lines holds the position of Principal, Energy and Chemicals Consulting – Europe, Africa and the Middle East at Nexant and has lectured and written ...

Daker El Rabaya

Daker El Rabaya

MD - Waste Recovery and Proces... Bee’ah

Managing Director, waste processing, treatment and disposal department Mr. Daker is the Managing Director of Waste Processing, Treatment and Disposal at...

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The 8th GPCA PlastiCon

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Program Schedule

  • 08:00 09:00

    Registration opens

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 09:00

    Welcome coffee

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 10:10

    Session 1: Keynotes

  • 09:00 09:10

    Opening remarks

    Dr. Mohammad Al Mulla

    Managing Director and CEO, QAP...
    and Chairman Plastics Committe...

  • 09:10 09:30

    Keynote address: GCC Polymer ...

    Mohammad Husain

    President and CEO,

  • 09:30 09:50

    Keynote address: GCC Plastics ...

    Dr. Raed AlZubi

    Incoming President- SPE Global...
    Middle East section President

  • 09:50 10:10

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 10:10 11:10

    Session 2: International trend...

  • 10:10 10:30

    Foam – Walled packaging

    Mark Lindenfelzer

    Mucell Extrusion

  • 10:30 10:50

    International Trends in Plasti...

    Dr. Ulrich Reiners

    Managing Director,
    Executive Packaging

  • 10:50 11:10

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 11:10 11:40

    Networking break

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  • 11:40 12:40

    Session 3: Thermoplastic 3-D p...

  • 11:40 12:00

    3D printing- Medium scale prod...

    Roberto Ribeiro

    Townsend Solutions

  • 12:00 12:20

    3D Printing Materials Overview

    Klaus Gargitter

    Gargitter Advanced Polymers

  • 12:20 12:40

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 12:40 14:00

    Networking lunch

  • 14:00 15:00

    Session 4: Thermoplastic elast...

  • 14:00 14:20

    Elastomers – Construction an...

    Abdulnizar Kakkuzhi

    Technical Marketing Manager-El...

  • 14:20 14:40

    Driving the Future of Transpor...

    Ramzi Qannati

    Regional Commercial Manager - ...
    Dow Chemical IMEA GmbH

  • 14:40 15:00

    Testing and properties of TPE/...

    Abdullah Mohammed Ramadan

    Elastomer and Tire Technology ...
    High Institute for Elastomer I...

  • 15:00 15:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 19:00 21:00

    GPCA Plastic Excellence Awards...

    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 09:00


    Sponsored by

  • 08:00 09:00

    Welcome coffee

    Sponsored by

  • 09:00 09:20

    Opening address: Impact of a c...

    David Lines

    Principal – Energy and Chemi...

  • 09:20 11:00

    Session 5: Sustainability with...

  • 09:20 09:40

    Plastics Image survey

    Craig Halgreen

    VP - Corporate Sustainability,...

  • 09:40 10:00

    Recycling value chain

    Daker El Rabaya

    MD - Waste Recovery and Proces...

  • 10:00 10:20

    Rethinking the future of plast...

    Theo Jan Simons

    McKinsey & Company

  • 10:20 10:40

    Overview of the solar power ma...

    Dr. Raed Bkayrat

    VP Business Development – Mi...
    First Solar

  • 10:40 11:00

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 11:00 11:30

    Networking break

    Sponsored by

  • 11:30 14:00

    Session 6: Export opportunitie...

  • 11:30 11:50

    Opportunities in India

    Tilman F. Ehret

    Astra Polymers

  • 11:50 12:10

    Opportunities in Africa (inclu...

    Mirza Kadic

    Business Development Director,...
    Chemorbis (HQ)

  • 12:10 12:30

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 12:30 14:00

    Networking lunch

    Sponsored by

  • 14:00 15:20

    Session 7: Plastics in the GCC...

  • 14:00 14:20

    Home of innovation

    Hisham Alfouzan

    Lead Engineer,

  • 14:20 14:40

    Hot/cold water pipes

    Dinesh Itty

    Production Manager,
    Corys Building Materials LLC

  • 14:40 15:00

    Artificial wood

    Enrico Balugani

    Technical Manager,

  • 15:00 15:20

    Panel discussion and Q&A ...

  • 15:20 15:35

    Closing address

    Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun

    Secretary General,

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